SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jason Heyward knew he had to get creative, because he was still at least 10 feet from home plate when he saw Buster Posey catch the ball.
So somehow, Heyward contorted his big body to elude the tag and score a run that started a big inning for Atlanta.
Heyward's mad dash home keyed a three-run sixth to back a strong outing from Mike Minor as the Braves beat the San Francisco Giants for the first time in five tries this season, 5-0 on Tuesday night.
"It was a reaction," Heyward said. "It's not the way you draw it up. I by no means would like to try it again as far as me running home and see the ball flying in from right field that far ahead of me. Just a hustle play and it worked out."
Evan Gattis drove in a run with his first career triple before Freddie Freeman, B.J. Upton and Andrelton Simmons hit RBI singles in the sixth against Ryan Vogelsong (1-2) to help the Braves win for the fourth time in five games.
The big inning never would have happened without some aggressive baserunning by Heyward, who advanced to second on a deep flyout before scoring with an athletic play on Freeman's single to right.
Hunter Pence's throw home easily beat Heyward, who ducked under the tag attempt and dove across the plate for a key run.
"Somehow he gets his big, 6-foot-5 body to go 5-foot-2 and get by Posey," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Posey knew immediately that he missed the tag and didn't even try to argue. Giants manager Bruce Bochy challenged the play anyway, but umpire Ed Hickox's call was confirmed on replay.
"You don't have time to think, it's happening so fast," Posey said. "I caught the ball and saw him in front of me and I went and made a tag. I should have jabbed a little bit more. It does seem more guys are getting creative with their slides, more so than in the past. You don't expect a big guy like that to move like he did."
That play loomed even larger when Upton and Simmons hit two-out RBI singles that made it 4-0, giving Minor (1-2) more than enough support to end an eight-start winless streak dating to last season. He allowed three hits and two walks in 6 2-3 innings, striking out six.
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